DACC Emergency Aid Program

The Doña Ana Community College Emergency Aid Program assists students who have sudden, unforeseen financial emergencies. This is a non-financial aid award given to students who are experiencing temporary financial crisis and are dependent on these funds to help them stay enrolled at DACC

Eligibility for the Grant

  • Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits) and must have a minimum GPA of 2.00
  • Students must have a record of good conduct
  • Students must complete application in full with supporting documentation of crisis or emergency

Enrollment at DACC

The goal of this grant is to assist those students who are matriculated and whose sudden emergency threatens their enrollment. Consideration for the grant will include the student’s ability to continue academically and financially going forward.

Eligible expenses include but are limited to:

  • Housing
  • Overdue utility bills with threat of turn-off notice (Excluding cable/satellite TV, Internet or phone)
  • Medical or dental emergencies
  • Childcare
  • Transportation
  • Automotive repairs

Emergency aid funds may NOT be used for:

  • NMSU/DACC related expenses (parking fines, tuition, books, supplies, required tools or equipment, etc)
  • Prior balances owed to NMSU/DACC
  • Overdue credit card bills, loans, or insurance

Other Information

  • The maximum amount given to any student is $500
  • Funds are not directly paid to students
  • Payments are made to companies or organizations (third parties)
  • This is not an emergency loan program, funds expended do not have to be repaid

The Process

  1. Make an appointment to see the Vice President for Student Services, Mr. Ike Ledesma, by calling 575-527-7530 or by emailing Ms. Olga Davalos at odavalos@dacc.nmsu.edu. Students at the Gadsden, Sunland Park, or Chaparral Centers may contact Ms. Jacqueline Keifer at 575-882-6801 or by email at jkeifer@dacc.nmsu.edu.
  2. Students will be required to complete an online application.  Students must also upload documentation supporting their need for financial assistance (e.g., quote from dentist office). Incomplete applications are not considered.
  3. After a complete application is submitted, you will be notified within 2 business days of approval or denial.
  4. If approved, you are required to attend a follow-up meeting with the Vice President for Student Services or Ms. Keifer for referral to other campus and community resources if needed.

Project Success

The Emergency Aid Program at Doña Ana Community College is made possible by a grant from ECMC – Project Success

Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, the EMC – Project Success Program is designed  to eliminate or mitigate the barriers community college students sometimes face in pursuit of their education.

DACC was selected to participate in this program by the U.S. Department of Education.